The Valley has lost one of its own rising stars after a recent Arizona State University graduate was killed in a car crash Sunday.
Zach Booher, 22, died when the car he was riding in had a flat tire and the driver lost control while on a trip out of state, according to Zach Booher's father, Scott Booher.
Tuesday Scott Booher said his son was known for his talent and that he, "Just loved to make music."
He said as a kid, Zach Booher could play any instrument he picked up including the guitar, drums and the family piano.
"We actually bought the piano because he wanted to play it," said Scott Booher, "I just remember him sitting at this bench one day on the piano saying how he was going to change the world."
The close Mesa family of four always supported Zach Booher and loved his band he named While We're Up.
He wrote and produced a music video for his senior project while studying at ASU that showcased him and the one other man in the band, Steven Rouk, dancing and singing while on the university's campus.
But tragedy struck Sunday when Zach Booher was killed in the crash on a Wisconsin highway.
His father said Zach Booher and Rouk were pursuing their love for music and following bands around the country trying to get noticed.
"The car rolled multiple times and unfortunately Zach got a fatal head injury and that was it," said Scott Booher.
Tuesday, hundreds of people flooded the band's Facebook page commenting on the tragic death of this young man.
Zach Booher's dad said holding on to that support and their faith is the only way the family can cope.
"To all the people who helped him live his dream," said Scott Booher, "I just thank you from the bottom of my heart."
There were two other people in the car when it crashed, including Rouk, according to Scott Booher.
He said they are recovering.
The family said funeral services will be at 10 a.m. July 21at Central Christian Church at 933 N. Lindsay Rd. in Mesa.
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